1. Completely turn off the laptop
2. Disconnect the power connector from the laptop
3. Turn the laptop over and remove the laptop battery
4. After that, reconnect only the power connector and turn on the laptop - see if it will turn on without issues. If yes, turn if off and re-connect the laptop battery, then check if it will turn turn on successfully again
If it won't turn on right away, disconnect the power connector and the laptop battery again, and press and hold the power button for 30 seconds, then release it.
Now re-connect the battery and the power adapter and turn the laptop on.Let me know the results.
Laptop at home, I'm currently at work. however I will try your suggestion and get back to you as soon as I can. Thks
Have now followed your instructions (power off, battery out etc) but to no avail.
I have also noticed that the the laptop audio is making a faint but audible clicking as the HDD indicator light pulses.
also the screen faintly flashes at the same time.
I've also tried accessing the set up menu during boot up but without success.
The laptop basically just does what I previously said.
I'll try the above tonight after work.
The thing that I find puzzling is that when the laptop does finally boot up correctly, it is clear from using that everything is then working OK.
BTW, the laptop has been used as a desktop replacement for the last couple of months and basically hasn't moved or had any jolts.
Have tried all suggested. Unfortunately nothing worked. Will have to return laptop to acer.
Have returned the laptop to the manufacturer under warranty.
So this issue can now be considered closed.
Basically tried all you suggested but it increasing looks like a hardware issue.
Clutching at straws but considered it worth a go as returning the laptop under warranty probably means it will be gone for 4-6 weeks.